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deadcenter

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Posted: 26 Feb 2013, 14:17
I have done a fair amount or research on this topic. This backs up my findings.

Looks like Sweet Leaf (A Stevia Only Product) is one of the few that are really ZERO calories. But it comes at a higher price due to it coming from a plant and not a lab.



It IS true... But before you go trashing your little yellow packets and picketing PAM, here's the deal. According to FDA rules, if something has less than FIVE calories per serving, the label can claim it has ZERO calories. Most "zero-calorie" sweetener packets have about 4 calories each, however that's still less than a third of the calories in sugar packets. Things get a little trickier with nonstick spray. While a serving has less than 5 calories, a typical serving size is listed as "a 1/4-second spray." Is it even possible to spray for less than a second? Highly doubtful. A much more realistic serving is a 1-second spray, which has about 5 to 10 calories and 0.5 to 1 gram of fat. Still MUCH better than even a teaspoon of cooking oil, which has about 40 calories and 4.5g fat. So use these low-calorie staples, but be aware that they do contain some calories. If you're a strict calorie counter who uses many "zero-calorie" sweetener packets per day, start counting those 4 calories per packet. If you're going through that can of cooking spray pretty quickly, keep in mind that the average can contains around 900 calories. No reason to be alarmed here, but this is good info to know and understand. Knowledge is power...

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sstarlin001

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 20:03
Good information, thanks!
deadcenter

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Posted: 23 Apr 2013, 05:32
Anytime --


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FullaBella

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Posted: 23 Apr 2013, 06:13
I read years ago when I was seriously counting fat grams that you had to do cslthe same - anything listed zero fat should auto be counted as 1grm. Did you find anything like this in your research?

Another thought / question - if 4 cal sugar in the sweetner was there the sugar to fat conversion effect considered?


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
Dianem65

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Posted: 23 Apr 2013, 07:16
Thanks for the information Deadcenter! I use both splenda (one packet daily) and Pam spray.
deadcenter

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Posted: 23 Apr 2013, 13:10
Notice in this article that only Stevia - and again not all Stevia is created equal ids the only one that state "non-caloric".

These are the only products that are TRUELY ZERO -- sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf

Food Sources

All artificial sweeteners are chemically made or processed. They may be added to foods and drinks while you eat, and used during baking or other food preparation. Most diet or low-calorie food products you buy at the store are made using artificial sweeteners.

Aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet) is a combination of phenylalanine and aspartic acid, which are two amino acids.

Aspartame is 220 times sweeter than sugar. It loses its sweetness when exposed to heat.
Aspartame has been well studied, and it hasn't shown any serious side effects.

Sucralose (Splenda) is 600 times sweeter than sugar.

It is heat stable, meaning that it does not break down when cooked or baked. It is used in many diet foods and drinks.
Sucralose is also found in chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices, and gelatin.
It is also used as a sweetener that you add to foods at the table.

Saccharin (Sweet 'N Low, Sweet Twin, NectaSweet) is 200 to 700 times sweeter than sugar.

It is used in many diet foods and drinks. It may have a bitter or metallic aftertaste in some liquids. Saccharin is not used in cooking and baking.

Stevia (Truvia, Pure Via, Sun Crystals), a non-caloric sweetner, is made from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, which is grown for its sweet leaves.

It is commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia.
Rebaudiana extract is approved as a food additive. It is considered a dietary supplemt


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"Maintenance is not a destination"
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